Domotex sees rise in exhibitors ahead of new layout
Flooring exhibition Domotex has seen an increase in the number of confirmed exhibitors, five months ahead of switching to a new layout and opening day.
‘We’re more than pleased with the influx of exhibitor registrations for the upcoming show. It proves that the market is happy with where Domotex is headed. More exhibitors have confirmed their participation at Domotex than at the same time last year,’ said Susanne Klaproth, Deutsche Messe director. The 12–15 January show will feature around 1,400 exhibitors from more than 60 countries.
The upcoming Domotex is taking a fresh new approach, with an new site layout and a core focus on the product individualisation trend, as symbolized by the adoption of Unique Youniverse as the keynote theme. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a world of trends, innovation and lifestyle in way they have never done before. ‘Many exhibitors are already hard at work preparing for their showcases and their new locations at the venue. They are busy doing things like exploring ways of harnessing the keynote theme and figuring out how they might profile their organisations at the new Flooring Spaces presentation format in Hall 9. Visitors are right to be excited about what awaits them at the show,’ said Klaproth.
Framing Trends will also feature a captivating and varied program of talks by big-name architects and designers, as well as startup entrepreneurs and design students. The talks will take the form of speed presentations and discussion groups dedicated to the individualisation trend. The presentations and discussions will examine the implications of this trend in many areas, including product design, production, sales and marketing. The specific topics to be explored are “Modular design: individual vs. mass-produced?”, “New one-off originals: handmade vs. digital?” and “Retail interactive: virtual vs. real?” The “Framing Trends” program is complemented by daily Guided Tours which will take visitors to see exhibitors of relevance to them. At the heart of the “Framing Trends” display in Hall 9, visitors and exhibitors will find lounge-style meeting areas and a café – the ideal settings for relaxed, informal dialogue.
The Carpet Design Awards will also be in Hall 9. The internationally coveted award honours the world’s best new designer rugs in eight categories. The 24 rugs shortlisted for the award will be on display in Hall 9 for the duration of Domotex.
Domotex 2018 features a new layout that puts related products in closer proximity to one another, thereby making it easier for visitors to get a comprehensive look at the latest market offerings. Halls 2 to 4 will now be home to hand-made carpets and rugs. Halls 5 through 7 will feature machine-made carpets and rugs. Hall 8 will be the gateway to the latest carpets. The displays of resilient floor coverings and luxury vinyl tiles will be concentrated in halls 11 and 12. Visitors will find parquet, wood and laminate flooring in halls 12 and 13. And, from next year on, the latest flooring application and installation products and solutions will be on show in Hall 13.